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STEM and SELAS

At Notre Dame we believe it is vital to enhance our curriculum using STEM, SELAS and RTI:

 

STEM

Notre Dame has a modern Science Lab with equipment to prepare our students for advanced high school science classes.  Our Computer lab has STEM stations as part of the curriculum that include lego robots, drones, Ozobots, and LittleBits.

 

TECHNOLOGY 

All classrooms throughout the school have SMART boards, interactive white boards and/or Elmo visual presenters that support image transmission of documents and 3D images. Each classroom also has dedicated laptops for classroom research and TV’s with video access. Teachers also have digital document cameras which can be used to magnify and broadcast small-scale activities such as science lab experiments to the entire class. 1:1 ipad to student ratio in primary grades.  
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*PreK4 through 4rd Grade
Focus on keyboarding and supplementing the classroom curriculums with programs reinforcing math and reading skills, as well as other subject areas. Students participate in the Hour of Code initiative. 3rd grade and up participate in STEM stations using Lego robots, Drones, LittleBits, Ozobots, and many other items.
 
*Middle School
The Middle School technology curriculum continues the use of STEM stations, basic training in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet creation, multimedia presentation construction, and use of the Internet as a research tool. Middle School students learn how to use technology to construct basic websites, create interactive presentations, and write research papers. 
 
Examples of middle school projects include:
  • Creating a music video using Garage Band, using photos from a photo booth or the Internet, manipulate them together with titles and transitions in iMovie.    
  • Creating a business - business cards, an opening day flyer, or a Web page using Webby, and creating a commercial for their business using PhotoBooth to post on the school’s YouTube.
 
SCHOOLSPEAK 
Schoolspeak is the school’s primary academic information management tool. Faculty, staff, students, and parents can access Schoolspeak online via desktop and mobile devices. This resource can be used to communicate with teachers, access a student’s current grade, and look up homework assignments. 
 
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTERS
Access to campus technology is readily available with a state of the art computer lab and a mobile lab that can move throughout the school. Our Library has access to thousands of books, magazines and Playaway® audio books 
 
INTERNET ACCESS 
Our campus is wireless and supports two separate networks – one publically accessible for parents and visitors, and one for faculty and students. Strict network security measures and active content filters are in use on all machines on campus to ensure that inappropriate content does not interfere with the academic use of technology.  
 
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING 
Families play an essential role in children’s social and emotional development. By understanding the specific goals of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and showing children how we as adults use the skills effectively, children can more readily develop the social and emotional skills they need to learn and have to be successful in life. Modeling and using the skills is one way that they can be taught.Five social emotional competencies align with the three Illinois Social and Emotional Learning goals that are addressed in our schools: 
  • self-awareness
  • self management
  • social awareness
  • relationship skills
  • responsible decision-making
 
SELAS is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively. Social and emotional skills are most effectively promoted in the context of a safe and supportive school, family, and community. SELAS is fundamental not only to children’s social and emotional development, but also to their health, ethical development, citizenship, motivation to learn, and academic learning.  
 
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION COMMITTEE 
This Multi-tier approach allows for the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. IT involves applying scientifically based interventions and frequent progress monitoring Notre Dame has full time resource teachers available for students.